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How to Capture an Audience: Short Stories, VAKOG and Inner Dialogue
Posted By Duncan Fish on May 10, 2017
How to Capture an Audience: Short Stories, VAKOG and Inner Dialogue

Have you ever been telling a story, and you can slowly watch your listener’s eyes glaze over, or even move to focus on something else in the room? Their mind is wandering off, and you could be calmly telling them that their hair was on fire, and they wouldn’t even hear? Then, when their attention does finally come back to you, they haven’t heard a word you said, and they missed the story completely? Maybe it’s not that your listener is rude…maybe it’s that your story is boring.

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Using the Pull Method of Influence for Real-Life Results
Posted By Duncan Fish on April 25, 2017
Using the Pull Method of Influence for Real-Life Results

The Pull style simply is a way to influence your listener (or, in many cases your colleagues and coworkers), by “pulling” them in the direction you want them to go, through a series of carefully constructed questions. Rather than pushing them in the intended direction through commands and assertive behaviour, you’re gently guiding them in a friendly, unobtrusive manner.

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The Pull Style: How Effective are You When it Comes to Influencing Your Colleagues?
Posted By Duncan Fish on April 8, 2017
The Pull Style: How Effective are You When it Comes to Influencing Your Colleagues?

Part of being an Engaging Executive is being able to guide your colleagues in the directions you want them to take, planting yourself as their leader. In other words, you want to be able to positively influence them in such a way that also positively affects your own career and goals. There are several different modes of influencing those around you, but one that’s particularly useful to the Engaging Executive is the “Pull” style.

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Old Dog, New Tricks: How We Learn Interpersonal Skills
Posted By Duncan Fish on March 15, 2017
Old Dog, New Tricks: How We Learn Interpersonal Skills

You may think that you’re too set in your career ways to change at this point, that if you’re already more on the reserved side at work, or if you don’t necessarily get along with your coworkers, that there’s no hope. However, you should be happy to know that’s not the case! Even though we all prefer to learn new skills in different ways (maybe you’re more of a visual learner, or an experiential learner), we all follow a basic set of behavioural patterns when picking up a new skill, whether it’s becoming a pro at small talk, or enhancing our leadership qualities. It doesn’t matter how you come to the realisation that your interpersonal skills could do with an upgrade. Maybe you were passed over for a promotion, even if you are technically proficient in your role? Maybe you received some uncomfortable feedback from your manager? Maybe you saw lesser-qualified people getting up the ladder quicker? Whatever happened, you’re suddenly aware that you need to learn some new tricks, and this is a great place to be, full of opportunity and a willingness to change your life.

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Struggling on Your Career Path? These are the Hurdles Tripping You Up
Posted By Duncan Fish on March 2, 2017
Struggling on Your Career Path? These are the Hurdles Tripping You Up

As an individual who works in a technical field, you may say you have no problems with socialising. However, there’s a big difference between being an Engaging Executive, and just having enough social skills here and there to scoot by, get the job and lay low. For many STEM worker they don’t have what it takes to get that awesome promotion, or to lead their peers who aren’t so technically-minded, or to just be influencers within the organisation.

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The Health and Career Benefits of Good Relationships at Work
Posted By Duncan Fish on February 27, 2017
The Health and Career Benefits of Good Relationships at Work

When leaders promote healthy, positive relationships between their subordinates, through team-building and increased teamwork, stress and workplace tensions are less likely to occur.

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What is an Engaging Executive?
Posted By admin on February 20, 2017
What is an Engaging Executive?

Being an Engaging Executive, in the simplest terms, is leveraging two skill sets vital to your career. One is, of course, the technical ability to do your job and do it very well. The other is sometimes the harder of the two, and is the ability to engage the people around you, so that you become an inspiring and easy-to-follow leader.

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Why Being Great at Your Technical Job Isn’t Enough
Posted By Duncan Fish on February 13, 2017
Why Being Great at Your Technical Job Isn’t Enough

Being in any kind of technical, rule-centric field, from STEM industries to finance roles, is a fantastic accomplishment. However, while being great at your technical job is something to be proud of, it’s not enough to get you as far as you may want to go…

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